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Brother of dead suspect in fires at Boston-area Jewish institutions pleads not guilty

Feb. 15, 2024 14:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of a man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to charges that he obstructed the investigation. Alexander Giannakakis, 37, formerly of Quincy, Massachusetts, was...

Man accused of torching police motorcycles in attack authorities have linked to 'Cop City' protests

Feb. 08, 2024 15:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A man in Atlanta was arrested Thursday on charges that he torched eight police motorcycles last summer, one of about two dozen acts of arson that officials have linked to protests against a planned police and firefighter training facility that opponents have dubbed “Cop City.”...

California recommends changes to leasing properties under freeways after major fire

Feb. 07, 2024 22:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three months after an arson fire at a state-leased storage space shut down a major Los Angeles freeway, California transportation officials are recommending changes to the leasing program that would explicitly ban storage of hazardous materials like wood pallets and gasoline...

Man freed after nearly 40 years in prison after murder conviction in 1984 fire is reversed

Feb. 06, 2024 13:08 PM EST

PHILADEPHIA (AP) — A man has been freed after spending nearly four decades in prison on a murder conviction in a 1984 Philadelphia fire attributed to arson under standards that prosecutors said would not support a conviction today. Harold Staten, 71, was convicted in 1986 of...

Brother of dead suspect in fires at Boston-area Jewish institutions is ordered held

Feb. 05, 2024 17:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of a man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 was ordered held in custody after appearing in federal court Monday on charges that he obstructed the investigation, according to federal prosecutors. Alexander...

Man extradited from Sweden to face obstruction charges in arson case targeting Jewish organizations

Feb. 04, 2024 13:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 has been extradited from Sweden to face charges alleging that he obstructed the investigation, federal prosecutors said Sunday. Alexander Giannakakis, 37, formerly of...

Man sentenced to life without parole in 1991 slaying of woman

Feb. 04, 2024 13:15 PM EST

BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the slaying of a Pennsylvania woman more than three decades ago and an arson fire set at her suburban Philadelphia home that authorities said was intended to cover up the crime. Robert...

Federal authorities investigate suspected arson at offices of 3 conservative groups in Minnesota

Feb. 02, 2024 14:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities in Minnesota are investigating a suspected arson fire that heavily damaged the offices of three conservative groups, which are calling the blaze an act of political terrorism. The fire happened early Sunday in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden...

A UK lawmaker says he's quitting Parliament after death threats and an arson attack

Feb. 01, 2024 09:41 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Conservative lawmaker in Britain said Thursday he will step down when an election is called later this year because of abuse and death threats he says are linked to his support for Israel. Mike Freer said an arson attack on his office in December was the “final...

Man sentenced to death for arson attack at Japanese anime studio that killed 36

Jan. 25, 2024 08:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of murder and other crimes Thursday for carrying out an arson attack on an anime studio in Kyoto that killed 36 people. The Kyoto District Court said it found the defendant, Shinji Aoba, mentally...